At PreventObesity.net, we are building a grassroots movement of people dedicated to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015.
We support and connect people in the field who are leading the charge to create healthy environments for kids and families. We also engage those who want to support policy change that would provide all children with access to affordable healthy food and safe places to exercise.
A project of the American Heart Association, PreventObesity.net serves as a gathering place for the childhood obesity movement. We bring together everyone from government officials and public health experts to community organizers, local advocates and anyone else seeking to bring about effective policy change that will create a healthy environment for America’s children.
PreventObesity.net is the only online national network of people solely dedicated to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic. We connect Leaders across the movement with hundreds of thousands of Supporters in advocacy efforts to implement policies that will help reduce childhood obesity nationwide.
A project of the American Heart Association, PreventObesity.net offers free tools, services and support to the people and organizations who are working to ensure children everywhere can eat healthier and become more physically active.
Why a Movement?
Childhood obesity threatens the health and future potential of our young people. More than 23 million children and adolescents in the United States — nearly one in three young people — are now obese or overweight, putting them at higher risk for life-threatening health problems. If we don’t reverse the epidemic, the current generation of young people could be the first in U.S. history to live sicker and die younger than their parents’ generation.
But to achieve success, we must go beyond the latest fad diet or workout. Significant policy and environmental change is needed to give children the opportunity to lead a healthy life.
But creating this change will not be easy. It will need to take place everywhere, from local elementary school cafeterias to the storied hallways of government and the boardrooms of corporate America.
No contributing factor can go untouched, either. We must improve the nutritional quality of what we eat and how we prepare it. We must work so all people have access to healthy food, while also ensuring that the price of that food is affordable. Meanwhile, we must help everyone move more, including by working to provide time and a safe place for kids to play each day.
Simply put, there’s a lot to do.
That’s why we need to build a network of people who can actively work to make change happen. No one person or organization can reverse obesity alone. Experts, policymakers, health advocates, corporate leaders, community organizers, educators and everyday people must come together to build the momentum needed to creative positive, effective change.